When a flower-lined path leads you skipping past a brightly colored Danish windmill around the bend to the moat surrounding a moss-covered castle, it’s not Oz, it’s mini golf. While some family members may like to sit glued to phones and computer screens, skip the streaming and take the kids to Sacramento’s best mini golf courses instead.
1893 Taylor Rd.
Roseville, CA 95661
Price: from $4 to $99
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri – 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sun Splash has two 18-hole mini-golf courses so guests can enjoy two difference experiences: Adventure Golf and Lost Continent Golf. The wide green paths allow plenty of space to teach your young ones how to become mini-golf pros on each specialized hole. Enjoy the fresh air as you sink putts at a castle, a thatched tiki hut and a glossy red pagoda. A huge, on-site castle houses more than 200 video and arcade games for indoor fun, but they are also famous for the outdoor aqua experiences. Thrill seekers may choose to fly 40 miles per hour down northern California’s only water roller coaster, or drop four stories down into an open vortex of water. Hours, prices and available activities can change without notice, so contact SunSplash before heading out.
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Monster Mini Golf
12401 Folsom Blvd.
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
Price: from $7 to $8 per person
Hours: Tue to Thurs – 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri – 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat – 12 noon to 10 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m.to 8 p.m.; closed Mon
Skip worrying about the weather, Monster provides an indoor, 18-hole miniature golf course. It prides itself on offering spooky, monster-centric experiences for guests of all ages. The custom glow-in-the-dark course features animated creatures and surprises at every turn, and parents will love the monthly specials and contests. Birthday parties are a specialty of the Monster staff, with spider-web tiaras, glow-in-the-dark paint and a special DJ to spin spooky favorites. Adults don’t have to miss out on the fun either: book corporate or charity events here. Monster Mini Golf supports the community, offering teams, school, clubs and charities fundraising opportunities Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Guests get a special price on each round of golf and your group earns 20 to 30 percent of the proceeds.
Scandia Family Fun Center
5070 Hillsdale Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95842
Price: from $6.95 to $19.95
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.; closed Mon
The Scandia Family Fun Center’s miniature golf area includes hand-built replicas of buildings from around the world. With two courses players get a solid dose of Scandanavian theme and flavor. Scandia has won awards for its golf course design, which allows guests to play through streams, fountains and beautifully flowering gardens. Drive by on I-80 and it is impossible to miss The Screamer, Scandia’s 168-foot tall thrill ride. Kids and adults may race together on the mini-car track, play bumper boats and practice their swings at baseball batting cages. Video games and snacks are also available.
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Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
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